|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:
government at its dedication. At this meeting Sir Robert Hart
made an address on behalf of the foreigners, and Na Tung on
behalf of the Chinese. Although Prince Chun took no public part
in the exercises, he privately expressed his gratification at
seeing the completion of such an up-to-date hospital and medical
school in the Chinese capital.
I have given these incidents in the life of Prince Chun to show
that he has had facilities for knowing the world better than any
other Chinese monarch or regent that has ever sat upon the dragon
throne, and that he has grasped the opportunities as they came to
him. He has been intimately associated with the diplomatic life
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Cruise of the Jasper B. by Don Marquis:
"You want her pretty badly," said Cleggett. "Or you want what's
"Why," said Loge, with an assumption of great frankness, "between
you and me I don't care a damn about your boat. I think we
understand each other. I'm buying her to get what's on her."
"Suppose I sell you what's on her for $10,000 and keep the ship,"
said Cleggett, wondering what WAS on the Jasper B.
"Agreed," said Loge.
"Since we're being so frank with one another," said Cleggett,
"would you mind telling me why you didn't come to me at the start
with an offer to buy, instead of making such a nuisance of
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Distinguished Provincial at Paris by Honore de Balzac:
I study. I do not see that I am open to attack at any point, now
that I have renounced a world where my vanity might suffer at any
moment. The great men of every age are obliged to lead lives
apart. What are they but birds in the forest? They sing, nature
falls under the spell of their song, and no one should see them.
That shall be my lot, always supposing that I can carry out my
"Mme. de Bargeton I do not regret. A woman who could behave as she
behaved does not deserve a thought. Nor am I sorry that I left
Angouleme. She did wisely when she flung me into the sea of Paris
to sink or swim. This is the place for men of letters and thinkers